Small Bites: Montgomery Parks Holds ‘Foodie Fridays’

Also: Silver Diner adds more vegetarian dishes; Rockville's Mission BBQ raises money for USO

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Want to find out more about urban farming, sustainable agriculture and rooftop gardening?

Then check out Food Matters: Foodie Fridays on Friday at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center in Wheaton Regional Park.  Sponsored by Montgomery Parks, the free summer speaker series is “geared toward all things food and features regional experts that focus on topics such as land preservation, urban farming, community food projects, food access and highlights stories from area farmers, educators, chefs, community organizers, and food lovers,”’ according to a press release.

Friday’s session, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., is titled “The Who, What, Where, Why and How of Three Millennial Food Champions.”  Panelists include Kristof Grina from Up Top Acres, Gabrielle Rovegno from Love & Carrots, and Myeasha Taylor from Dreaming Out Loud.

Brookside Gardens Visitor Center is at 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP for the event.

 

Silver Diner Adds More Dishes for Vegetarians

In its first major menu change in 10 years, Silver Diner announced it has added more vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items to its menu.

“It’s understandable for a restaurant to serve farm-to-table, locally-sourced food,” Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst said in a press statement. “It is not expected that a diner with 14 locations and more than 70,000 customers weekly will source locally and provide a flexitarian menu that has something for everyone.”

The diner, which has a location on Rockville Pike in Rockville, has replaced some menu items with new dishes, including a “Meatless Miso Burger”; all-day breakfast items that include “Oaxaca” made with black bean salsa, pepper jack, salsa roja, cilantro and guacamole; and omelettes made with baby spinach, feta and cremini mushrooms.

Other new items include brunch specialties such as “Roasted Veggie Huevos Rancheros,” cage-free Amish eggs served over easy and avocado toast. Other offerings include “Mediterranean Greek Salad,” “Warm Roasted Local Veggie Salad,” “Pineapple Basil Vegan Stirfry,” and a variety of bowls such as “Mediterranean Fattoush Bowl.”

According to the diner, the new dishes were tested on customers and only those dishes that received high marks made it onto the menu.  

 

Rockville Mission BBQ Rasies Money for USO

A Rockville franchise of the Mission BBQ chain raised more than $24,000 to contribute to a total of more than $900,000 that the chain donated to USO to celebrate Flag Day on June 14.

Mission BBQ co-founders Bill Kraus and Steve Newton presented the check to Elaine Rogers, president of the USO Metropolitan WashingtonBaltimore. Forty-one of the chain’s franchises raised the money through customer purchases of a plastic American Heroes Cup during 2017. The cup retailed for $3.99 and Mission donated $2 form each sale. The partnership between the USO and Mission BBQ began in March 2016, according to a press release.

The chain is known for its support of service members, firefighters, police officers, and first responders.

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